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How to teach fronted adverbials (Year 4)

Unit 7


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To underpin children’s understanding, this section looks first at breaking down the terms ‘adverbs’ and ‘phrases’. We recap where and how adverbs are used, and how these extend beyond ‘ly’ words and can appear in different places within a sentence. Phrases are shown to be groups of words that work together and do not include a verb. Combining the two, we see how adverbial phrases can be used within sentences - and look at the different types of adverbial phrases. Importantly, this session considers the effects of moving an adverbial to the front of a sentence, such as shifting the focus from the subject to how or where or when the action of the sentence takes place.

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Rachel Clarke

Directory of the Primary English literacy consultancy, Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in primary education, in which time she has been a SENCO, English subject lead and deputy headteacher. She previously worked as an English consultant for Coventry Local Authority and has written for publishers including Collins and Teach Primary magazine.

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Whether you’re looking to teach joining words with ‘and’ in Year 1, or you need your Year 6s to recognise the subjunctive form, this series of grammar videos from Rachel Clarke will arm you with some excellent strategies.

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